The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is fortunate to have the assistance of some wonderful, long-time partner organizations. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center continues to be extremely supportive, providing meeting space, professional expertise, volunteers and much more. Cacapon State Park also continues to support our efforts in Morgan County by generously providing space for our Master Naturalist Program and other PVAS activities. We continue to be closely involved with The Nature Conservancy through our co-management of the Yankauer and Eidolon nature preserves, which the Conservancy owns, and their help and assistance is invaluable. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources continues to support our Potomac Valley Master Naturalist Program and assist us in other ways. The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute continues to support our erosion-control garden efforts at local schools and provides expert assistance with other projects as required. The Izaak Walton League in Berkeley County continues to host field trips for the Watershed Education Initiative program. The United Way of the Eastern Panhandle continues to offer guidance on non-profit matters, to provide financial support, and to coordinate annual Day of Caring activities that benefit us tremendously.
In recent years, we’ve gained other partners as well. We greatly appreciate the willingness of CraftWorks at Cool Spring to share their wonderful facilities with us. Shepherd University’s Institute of Environmental and Physical Sciences has supported our fourth grade school program by allowing us to use a greenhouse to raise plants for school erosion control gardens. The Friends of the Cacapon River have been very generous in supporting our Watershed Education Initiative program in Morgan County, and the Cacapon Institute has also assisted with that program. The Eastern Panhandle Conservation District has also been helping with watershed program field trips. We’ve been working closely with the City of Ranson in helping them develop their Flowing Springs Park, and through that partnership we’ve also been working with the West Virginia Division of Forestry and the West Virginia Conservation Agency. PVAS always has been undefined and will continue to be undefined a team effort, and we thank all those who help us for their many and varied forms of assistance.